20 Books of Summer 2018

Thank you 746 Books for hosting this challenge.

20 books

Surf over to Cathy at 746 Books to find out more about this reading challenge. Basically, from June 1 to September 3 I will read 20 books. That’s a hair more than my goal of four per month. It’s summer. What else do I have to do? Funny you should ask 😉 I am working part-time. I’m not sure how that will go, especially with the teenagers I live with.

With this challenge, I hope to fill in some of the missing books for the Mother-Daughter reading Challenge, as well as push the boundaries on my usual reads. As always, I reserve the right to change books as my mood changes. Books I plan to read this summer 🙂

  1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

I know I read this in high school but I wish to try again. I also have to read a play for the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge, so two birds. I scored a great version of Hamlet at the library book sale. On the left hand side is the original text and on the right it is translated into modern English 😉

2. Shades of Earl Gray by Laura Childs

This is book 2 in the Tea Shop Cozy Mystery Series. I’m not sure how I’ve missed this one. My goal is to read every book in the series. because I love them. This will also cover a murder mystery needed for the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker

I don’t read horror. Yes, this is a classic. I figured summer would be the best time to read it. I also found this really cool version where the pictures move on my kindle. I’m a nerd. This fulfills the books I don’t normally read requirement. I’ve also seen the movie. Either one works.

4. Change of Fortune by Jana Deleon

Book 11 in the series! Obviously, I love this series. It’s also a hoot. This counts as my comedy.

5. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling

My least favorite of the series but now I have this beautiful edition with pictures 🙂

6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My daughter said I had to read it. Question: Do I have to read the prequel first? I don’t want to but daughter is adamant that I do.

7. Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur

It’s not summer without a graphic novel. The cover is adorable.

8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I can’t watch the movie until I read the book. It’s pretty fat too.

9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This meets the challenge of a sci-fi book turned TV show. I’ve wanted to read it, might as well this summer.

10. A Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

I’m pretty sure dragons count as reading a book about animals 🙂

11. Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey

I’ve never read a Dorsey book but seems like a good book to read in summer. It’s also book 1 in the series. It took a while to find it. I have 3 or 4 in print but they are way down the series list.

12. The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J. Duncan

I received this from a GoodReads giveaway and want to read it soon.

13. Vamparazzi by Laura Resnick

Working my way through this series.

14. Blade Runner by Phillip K. Dick

<sigh> I’ve never watched the movie or read the book. I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi but I’m trying to broaden my horizons. I didn’t know the original title was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Mind blown.

15.  Cry of the Sea by D. G. Driver

What is summer without a mermaid book?

16. My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Andrews

This has been on my shelf for over a year. Time to read it.

17. Shark’s Tooth by Michael Guillebeau

I’m not really sure what this book is about but the title is awesome. Sounds like a summer book.

18. Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath

There are 4 from this series on my kindle but I haven’t read a single book. Time to remedy that.

19. Kingdom of Ashes by Elena May

Another book I won from a GoodReads I need to read.

20. Hook by K.R. Thompson

Again I know nothing. I assume it’s about the Capt. Hook from Peter Pan. There’s a ship on the cover.


Autumn TBR Final

Titles with a red slash through it means I didn’t get to it before Halloween. After that I changed titles to include those with a Christmas flare:)

While I failed at NaNoWriMo due do kitchen revitalization and then Christmas chaos, I did succeed in reading a ton of books. So that’s soemthing. I may have to change this to a reading blog. Just kidding. I will get around to writing…eventually.

Autumn TBR

  1. Search for the Dead by Sheila Connolly
  2. Pumpkin Killer by Stacey Alabaster
  3. O’ Happy Dagger by Monica Knightly
  4. Off the Leash by D.D. Van Dyke
  5. Kissing the Werewolf by Kendra Ashe
    Better than expected. More sex and language than a traditional cozy
  6. Yesterday’s Thief by Al Macy
  7. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahme-Smith I enjoyed this more than expeced. Goes well with the movie.
  8. Pumpkins in Paradise by Kathi Daley
  9. Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  10. Candy Corn Murders by Laslie Meier
    I enjoyed this read but found it a little heavy handed at times
  11. The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  12. Fairy Eyeglasses by Emily Martha Sorensen
  13. Familiar Trouble by Carolyn Haines
  14. Ghostly Interests by Lily Harper Hart
  15. In for a Penny by ?
  16. Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase
  17. Darkness Echoes by L.A. Starkey
  18. False Identity by Jennifer Youngblood
  19. Spelled by Betsy Schow
    Funny read. Wonderful YA fairytale retelling of the Wizard of Oz. First in the trilogy.
  20. Nightmares by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller I enjoyed it but I think I’m a little old for it.

Other books read:

  • ‘Tis the Witching Time by Monica Knightley
  • Haunted Mobile by Elizabeth Parker
  • Nun Too Soon by Alice Loweecey
  • Hook, Line, & Blinker by Jana Deleon
  • Murder at the Book Fair by Steve Demaree
  • Bones on the Bayou by Carolyn Haines
  • Ino’s Love by Marianne Sciucco
  • Zero Trouble by John Lange
  • You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato, She Says Murder by Duncan Whitehead- I really enjoyed this. So much so that I need to find other books he has written.
  • The Faerie Key by Denise D. Young
  • A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg- I love Fannie and have been looking for a copy of this book. Finally found one at the library. Sweet story.
  • A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd- Yes, that movie but the story. Or rather a series of short stories the movie is based on.
  • Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Gingerbread at Moonglow by Deborah Garner
  • The Christmas Chronicles by Tim Slover
  • All Through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Santa Cruise by Mary Higgins Clark (not my favorite)
  • A (Gingerbread) diorama of Death by Gin Jones- Surprisingly good and will read more.

I told you I read a lot! Since Sept. 22 I read 31 books! If I counted properly which can’t be trusted at the moment. I’ve had a lot of caffeine.

GoodReads Challenges

Earlier, I mentioned I was participating in a few reading challenges. Here is the breakdown.

The Autumn Challenge runs from Sept 22 to Dec 21. I lifted this from the site:

This is a “spell-it-out” challenge, where you will spell out a word (or words) using one of two options:
1. Use only the first word of a title. (The words “the”, “and” “a” and “an” do not count.)
2. Use an author’s first or last name.

I am spelling out:

B-L-A-C-K  C-A-T  G-H-O-S-T

Example: “B” is Bundle of Trouble by Diana Orgain (I think!)

“L” is for Leighann Dobbs, Killer Cupcakes

I thought of listing all the books I planned on reading for this, but I didn’t want to Jinx it! I have a list of 13 books to read for this challenge. I have plenty of time ;D As I read books I will include them in the end of the month TBR final post.

My lovely black cat.

My lovely black cat.

The October Mini Challenge is a bit different. It is only for October and deals with themes and book covers. Kind of like a scavenger hunt. From the site:

1. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month — Read a book with mostly pink in the cover.

2. October 2 is Name Your Car Day — Read a book that features some sort of vehicle (car, truck, snowmobile, etc.; toy or real) on the cover.

3. October 12 is Cookbook Launch Day — Read a book that features cooking or some sort of eating establishment (café, diner, food truck, restaurant, etc).

4. October 21 is Count Your Buttons Day — Read a book featuring buttons or other sewing paraphernalia on the cover.

5. October 28 is Frankenstein Friday, October 29 is National Frankenstein Day, October 30 is Mischief Night, and October 31 is Halloween and Carve a Pumpkin Day — Read a book set at Halloween, or that features a pumpkin, witch or a monster on the cover.

My October reading list covers all of these except #4. I don’t have a book with sewing on the cover. I’ll have to find one at the library or used book store.

Feel free to read along.  You can find me here on GoodReads

Happy Reading